Performing Arts

Indianapolis Symphony's deficit nears record

December 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indiana Symphony Society on Monday reported a near-record deficit of $2.7 million for the 2010 fiscal year. And symphony CEO Simon Crookall said this won't be the end of the bleeding.
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Children's choir founder taps protege

December 3, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Children's Choir founder Henry Leck has named Josh Pedde as the first assistant artistic director in the 25-year history of the not-for-profit organization.
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LOU'S VIEW: Getting it just right isn't easy

November 13, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, I felt a little like Goldilocks visiting the bear cottage—only in my search of things that were just right, I found everything to be too something or other.
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ISO chooses young maestro Urbanski as director

October 19, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Krzysztof Urbanski, 28, has been named the seventh music director in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's 80-year-history.
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Film Fest leader leaving for documentary gig

September 22, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dorothy Henckel, president of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, has accepted a job as director of acquisitions for The Documentary Channel.
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A&E PREVIEW: Dozens of events that should be high on your priority list

September 4, 2010
Lou Harry
From Mary Poppins to Tyler Perry, and from Liza to the Leisure Kings, there’s a lot to fill up your A&E calendar. Get your planners out and start circling dates. Here are some of my early must-do front-runners.
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Insurance seller chases music dreams with jazz labelRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Al Hall started Owl Studios in 2005 to promote local musicians and has expanded its roster of performers to 16.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Dancing to the classics

August 21, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre uses American lit as a launch pad; plus: books by local authors.
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Music for All summer camp moving to Ball State

August 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Music for All Summer Symposium will bring about 1,600 students and teachers to campus June 18-25, 2011. Ball State is to host the camp at least through 2015.
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LOU'S VIEWS: 'A Funny Thing' happening at Athenaeum

July 31, 2010
Lou Harry
In most productions of the raucous musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the lead character, Pseudolus, is a just-this-side-of desperate middle-age guy with an overactive libido who could break out in a major sweat at any moment.
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International Violin Competition of Indianapolis releases iPhone app for virtual front seat

July 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The app will feature news, past laureate recordings, videos and access to the 2010 schedule, IVCI officials said.
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Kansas City arts executive named general manager of new Carmel center

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Douglas Tatum, former executive director of the Arts Foundation of Kansas City, will start at the Center for the Performing Arts July 26.
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IndyFringe Festival show spotlights teen relationships

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The festival has added a play called “don’t u luv me?” that explores how signs of affection can morph into controlling abuse through text messages.
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LOU'S VIEWS: The King without kitsch and other Brown County pleasures

July 3, 2010
Lou Harry
It didn’t occur to me on the drive down Interstate 65 for a Brown County getaway that I’d be returning with praise for an Elvis impersonator.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Stolen spotlights IRT fundraising

June 30, 2010
Mason King
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LOU'S VIEWS: (Jersey) Boy wonders settle in at Murat

June 19, 2010
Lou Harry
“Jersey Boys” is much more than just a tribute show. It delivers the musical goods with impeccable showmanship and style.
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MAURER: Local diva enlightens operaRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Angela Brown has a voice that reaches extraordinary heights from roots that are set deep in Hoosier soil. She is a diva with a heart as big and as soft as her magnificent voice.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Chicago joins the 'Billy' club

April 17, 2010
Lou Harry
This week, the Broadway sensation “Billy Elliot” dances into Chicago for an extended run. And, closer to home, the Phoenix indulges in some conspiracy theorizing.
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Local ballet company folds

April 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A professional ballet company that formed in the wake of Ballet Internationale's collapse has closed its own doors.
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Impending budget cuts prompt arts funding turf war

March 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The staff of the Indiana Arts Commission is proposing to revamp a regional partnership system that it enacted 13 years ago as a way to fund the arts in all 92 counties of the state.
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Comedy club reopening under new ownership

February 24, 2010
Scott Olson
New local owners of Morty's Comedy Joint on East 96th Street plan to open the club on March 4. It has been closed since early January.
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Opera chief: Group won't fold

February 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Forced to cancel its upcoming production of "The Mikado," the Indianapolis Opera hopes more cuts will help fill a $400,000 budget gap.
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Carmel performing arts center raises curtain on new name

February 11, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel's new 1,600-seat concert hall will be called "The Palladium," part of a marketing effort designed to generate more financial support for the city's performing arts center.
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Basiles give big gift to Carmel performing arts center

January 14, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The center will recognize the donation by naming the cafe and gift shop inside the 1,600-seat concert hall after the Basiles.
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City's once-thriving stand-up comedy scene fades

January 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Crackers' Broad Ripple and downtown locations are the only remaining comedy clubs in Indianapolis.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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